High in the Wind River Mountains where the lodge pole pines give way to short shrubs and wild flowers, lived the Mountain Shoshone known as the Sheep Eaters. They were a peaceful people who wanted nothing more than to live a midst the towering granite peaks where they were protected by and shared with the power of the toyawo. The mountain medicine.
Aggretta, widowed at 20 summers has decided to dedicate the rest of her life to becoming a puhagant. A medicine woman. When a badly injured white trapper is found by her mentor and brought to the village, Aggretta was given the task of healing him.
Jim awakens after days of unconsciousness and nightmares to find himself in an Indian village tucked away high atop the Wind Rivers. He marvels at the richness in the lives of these reclusive people.
Little did either of them know how the mountain spirits would intertwine their lives in a quest for the lost memories of the ancients.
I grew up at the foot of the Wind River Mountains. There were five boys in my family and Dad taught us all to hunt and fish.My favorite place to fish was on the Wind River Reservation, The Res was some of the best trout fishin in the world. Every cast type fishing and more lakes and streams than you could fish in a life time. Another thing that made it special was you could spend weeks up there and never see another human being. I am sure i have stood in places where no other man has ever stood. Imagine that. My favorite place though was timberline,where the lodge pole pines quit growing and gave way to shrubs and granite.One can walk the ridges and see for 50 miles below you. I truly believe there is no place closer to God. Now i am 64 years old and as a result of a tour in Nam, my heart will no longer allow me to go to those elevations. I only hope that while reading my book I can take you there.
archaeologists have recently discovered over a thousand village sites in the Wind Rivers all above 10,ooo ft. above sea level.They were large villages with permanent structures. They all shared one thing in common. They were on S.E. faces and there were limber pines nearby. The seeds from the cones of these trees was a major staple. The big surprise was that the artifacts recovered were older than those found on the West Coast where they have always thought the Indians originated. i probably walked past dozens of these and never seen them...oh to be young again..